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Sarah Ault- Colorado Connections Academy Leanna Christians- Branson School Online Lori Cooney- Colorado Coalition of Cyberschool Families Heather O¶Mara- HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op

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2001 Established by the School Board of Branson School District RE-82 Vision Lead innovation in education for the state of Colorado and nationally to serve generations of young people. Population served Currently we serve 400 K-12 students statewide. Delivery Model Virtual teacher instruction both synchronous and asynchronous delivered through the web in the home. Staff to student ratio 1 Highly Qualified instructor to 24 students.

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2002 Established as a full-time online contract school. Currently contracting with Mapleton Public Schools. Who we are Connections Academy is a national provider of K-12 online education. Colorado is one of 19 schools. Population served Currently we serve 1,400 K-12 students statewide. Delivery Model Virtual teacher instruction both synchronous and asynchronous delivered through the web in the home. Majority of the teachers work from an office in the Denver metro area. Staff to student ratio 1 Highly Qualified instructor to 30 students.

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Established as a full-time online school Currently chartered by the Douglas County School District Vision Recognizing that all students learn differently, Hope Online students access their online school at a Hope Online Learning Center where they are supported by dedicated and experienced teachers and mentors. Students Hope Online currently serves 3,000 k-12 students at 50 Learning Centers statewide. 79% of students are minority and over 55% qualify for FRL. Delivery Model Students of Hope Online attend Learning Centers, operated by a variety of community-based organizations. Hope Online students access standards-based curricula, receiving synchronous and asynchronous instruction, in an adult-supported environment. Staff to Student Ratio 1 licensed teacher for every 100 students 1 qualified mentor for every 18 students

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established  The Colorado Coalition of Cyberschool Families is a group of dedicated parents who have come together to be powerful and vocal advocates for cyberschools and online learning in Colorado.  Protecting choice in public education.

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Branson School Online Colorado Connections Academy Colorado Virtual Academy (COVA) Guided Online Academic Learning Academy (GOAL) Hope Online Learning Academy Co-Op (Hope Online) Insight School Karval Online Education Monte Vista On-Line Academy Colorado Coalition of Cyberfamilies PACE

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The Colorado Cyberschools Association (CCA) cooperatively assists cyberschools in providing a highquality education to online students by: sharing information about effective online education and program management, promoting studies that improve the quality of online programs, improving access to online programs, working with appropriate agencies to improve enrollment and attendance processes, and collaborating to address geographic issues inherent to online learning.

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Pioneers in the advancement of online education in the state of Colorado Information sharing & advocacy Identification, research & advancement of best practices Leveraging common issues with decision makers

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Resource for members Resource for researchers Resource for families seeking educational options Resource for those who want to really learn about a variety of online educational models

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Identify the student populations who are best served by each school option. Recognize that families have the right to choose the educational model that best fits their student/family¶s needs. Support families to choose the best academic program for their students. Basic premise is that there are sufficient students to be served by all members.

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Schools share best approaches for educating state decision makers . Schools come together to provide professional development for teachers. School leaders identify common obstacles facing the families that they serve and look for ways to address challenges together. Schools sponsor common activities for families such as Red Ribbon Week and Day at the Capitol.

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The organization is a volunteer organization. Officers are also leaders in their schools-burnout. Dues are used to benefit families of member schools. Requires significant effort and trust with a focus on what is best for the students served across the community of members. Benefits versus cost to members always in review and must stay in balance.

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